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Monday
Sep032012

Remembering Neil Armstrong Through Pictures

In honor of this great American holiday, we commemorate a great American hero. Neil Armstrong (1930-2012), the former U.S. naval Aviator, Apollo 11 mission Commander, and the first man to set foot on the moon, died last Saturday, August 25th, at the age of 82. Much has has been written about the historic achievements of Armstrong and his fellow crew members, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, so I will spare you my attempts to sum up the life of such an extraordinary man with such an inadequate a medium as words. Instead I will share with you some of the many iconic photographs taken throughout his life as an attempt to pay tribute, allowing each picture to speak for itself. Enjoy 

Astronaut Neil Armstrong, inside the Lunar Module, still on the lunar surface, shortly after his historic moon walk, on July 20, 1969. Astronauts Armstrong and Edwin E. Aldrin Jr., lunar module pilot, had just completed their extra-vehicular activity (EVA) when this picture was made. (AP Photo/NASA)An American flag flies in the foreground as the massive Saturn V rocket lifts off, carrying Apollo 11, the first Lunar landing mission. The vehicle lifted off with astronauts Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Edwin E. Aldrin, Jr., at 9:32 a.m., July 16, 1969, from Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39A. (NASA)Neil Armstrong, photographer, appears reflected in the visor of Buzz Aldrin, near the leg of the Lunar Module during the Apollo 11 extravehicular activity (EVA), on July 20, 1969. (NASA)Astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon, waves to the crowd during a ticker tape parade up lower Broadway in New York, on August 13, 1969. (AP Photo/ETA)President Richard Nixon meets with the Apollo 11 astronauts in the isolation unit aboard the USS Hornet after splashdown and recovery, on July 24, 1969. The astronauts, left to right, are: Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin. (AP Photo)On March 11, 1966, astronaut Neil Armstrong, command pilot of the Gemini 8 prime crew, poses during a photo session outside the Kennedy Space Center Mission Control Center in Florida. (NASA)On the moon, Neil Armstrong's shadow appears in this photo of the landing site, taken from a distance, on July 20, 1969. (NASA)Astronaut Neil Armstrong blows a kiss to his sons, Eric, 12, and Mark, 6, who were on hand to welcome home their famous dad when the astronauts arrived at Ellington Air Force Base, in Houston, Texas, on July 27, 1969. (AP Photo) Former astronaut Neil Armstrong speaks near a statue of himself at the dedication ceremony of the Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, on Saturday, October 27, 2007. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

A statement released by the Armstrong family after his death read: "For those who may ask what they can do to honor Neil, we have a simple request. Honor his example of service, accomplishment and modesty, and the next time you walk outside on a clear night and see the moon smiling down at you, think of Neil Armstrong and give him a wink."

To read/see more, click the link to the Atlantic.com article: Neil Armstrong, 1930-2012


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